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Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $47
  • March 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93303-1
  • 6 × 9.2 in / 1264 pages
  • Volume(s): 2
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

The Norton Anthology of World Literature

Shorter Second Edition


Volume(s): 2

Sarah Lawall (General Editor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Jerome W. Clinton (Editor, Princeton University), Francis Abiola Irele (Editor, Harvard University), Heather James (Editor, University of Southern California), Stephen Owen (Editor, Harvard University), Lee Patterson (Editor, Yale University), Indira Viswanathan Peterson (Editor, Mount Holyoke College), Patricia Meyer Spacks (Editor, University of Virginia), William G. Thalmann (Editor, University of Southern California)


A compact and portable version of the best-selling and most-trusted world literature anthology, The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Shorter Second Edition, is a rich and teachable selection of the world’s literature, in generous portions and the best translations available.

A new format, new design, new selections, new translations, and new color plates make this Second Edition a pleasure to read and a book that students will keep long after the survey course is over.


16 complete longer works—and substantial excerpts from many more

The complete works

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Sophocles, Oedipus the King
  • Euripides, Medea
  • Beowulf
  • Dante, Inferno
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Moliére, Tartuffe
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Goethe, Faust, Part I
  • Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  • Ibsen, Hedda Gabler
  • Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • Kafka, The Metamorphosis
  • Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Exciting new translations

  • Benjamin Foster’s scrupulous new translation of The Epic of Gilgamesh.
  • selections from Genesis and Exodus by Robert Alter
  • selections from The Book of Job by Raymond Scheindlin
  • Stanley Lombardo’s “gripping . . . vivid and disarmingly hardbitten” translation of Homer’s Iliad (New York Times)
  • Robert Fagles’s prize-winning translation of Homer’s Odyssey
  • Acclaimed Canadian classicist and poet Anne Carson’s version of Sappho’s poems
  • A more readable translation of The Ramayana of Valmiki by Swami Venkatesananda
  • Charles Martin’s award-winning translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses—and his translations of Catullus
  • Selections from Richmond Lattimore’s literal and direct translation of The New Testament
  • Seamus Heaney’s prize-winning verse translation of Beowulf
  • Mark Musa’s vigorous blank-verse translation of Dante’s Inferno
  • Martin Greenberg’s translation of Goethe’s Faust
  • Rick Davis and Brian Johnston’s version of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler
  • Michael Hofmann’s new translation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis

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